Can myths be laid to rest and fairies slain? The green fairy, like her sisters, has shown remarkable endurance and is determined not to disappear.
Today, thanks to a marked trail from Pontarlier to Noiraigue, the Franco-Swiss land of absinthe ...
This 68-page brochure traces the Franco-Swiss history of absinthe from the 18th century to modern times ...
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11 August 1901. Pontarlier's largest distillery, the Pernod distillery, is ablaze. The vats of alcohol could turn into lethal bombs!
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When absinthe was banned, a Swiss restaurant owner was brought to trial for daring to serve a "Fairy Iced Soufflé" to President Mitterrand during an official visit (1983).
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Discover the recipe of Georges Matthey-Claudet. A "resister" from the Val-de-Travers and coppersmith in the village of Môtiers, he specialised in making banned stills and the Green Fairy ...
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Absinthe consumption peaked around 1900 and was present on every table at aperitif time, renamed "the green hour".
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It was only from 1830 that absinthe consumption really took off, thanks to the unintentional support of French colonial troops.
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The medicinal and therapeutic virtues of wormwood for digestive problems have been recognised since ancient times, but it is also useful for other complaints...
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In France, following the banning of absinthe, "resister" distillers make it to the front page of the papers and are taken to court.
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Following a series of raids by the Swiss Alcohol Board to seize stills and absinthe in the 1960s, the Val-de-Travers earned a reputation as a rebellious valley, blithely defying laws and regulations.
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